Pete the Panstick® is a sophisticated, bilingual (Spanish
and English) animated character. His role is to help beginners comprehend and
remember basic musical concepts in an interactive way. Pete has been trained to
dance, talk, clap his hands and play the Steelpan. Students can lime with Pete,
unsupervised, in an atmosphere that is simultaneously filled with fun and
Travel with Pete as he navigates through this program in a
structured way, chapter by chapter. These chapters will ensure that students
discover and experience more about this revolutionary instrument and its
First, the student is introduced to the Steelpan, via an
illustrated layout of its notes, as Pete narrates the range of its compass. The
student also learns the major and minor scales. Pete narrates and plays each
note and major scale.
Second, there are two instructional films which illustrate
how the instrument is made traditionally and trace its evolution and history. A
third film shows school children playing.
Next, Pete introduces the student to the world of ten
virtuoso pan musicians and plays clips of their famous Panorama arrangements in
the Calypso genre.
Then the student plays popular Nursery Rhymes and Folk
Songs before undertaking an assessment with a specially designed Quiz.
The student can then relax for a while by listening to
seven different genres of Steelpan music with Pete: Classical, Gospel, Jazz,
Latin, Pop, Reggae, and Soca.
Pete the Panstick® is a logical introduction to the Pan in
Education Series of knowledge based steelpan music products:
Pan in Education and
The Rainmakers developed by Sanch Electronix.